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Patios and Decks: Plans to Improve your Outdoor Space

Patio Improvements - Furniture, Steps, and Watefall

Mr. Handyman Offers Tips to 'Pimp Your Patio'

Here's practical advice on getting your patio or deck in shape to kick off the summer season. Now that spring cleaning is over, it's time to focus on the area that gets the most use over the summer months - the patio and deck. Mr. Handyman is encouraging homeowners to spend a little time working on the weathered extension of their homes to show the backyard some love.

Every year around this time, families, neighbors and friends begin making plans for summer parties. Grills are cleaned and lawn mowers are powered up, but what about the patio or deck? Here are some tips to spruce up the back of your house for summer entertaining:

Power Wash: Over time, dirt, debris and mildew collect on the surface of your patio and if not properly cleaned, damage can be caused from the buildup. To avoid potential damage, it's best to have an expert inspect and power wash your patio at least once a year. Routinely washing your patio properly is one of the easiest ways to maintain your investment and increase overall aesthetic.

Exterior Wood Deck with railing and stairs

Sand & Stain: Refinishing your deck is a two-staged job. For a polished look, first stain your deck with either a latex or oil-based stain and then use fine grit sandpaper to give your deck a smooth finish. Make sure to inspect your deck before starting and evaluate if you need to strip off the old finish before staining. Since the summer sun, heat and moisture all weather the deck's wood, it's important to sand and stain your deck seasonally to maintain the refinished look.

Install Flower Boxes: One of the easiest ways to add color and fragrance to any patio is by installing flower boxes. If you choose to build one from scratch, make sure to create holes at the bottom of the box for drainage and install a strong support system for each box.

Move & Assemble Patio Furniture: Patio furniture should accent your house while complementing the natural colors in your yard. Before dragging the furniture out of the garage, make sure to clean it up and make touch-ups where necessary. Good patio furniture is advantageous for both the look of your yard as well as the comfort of your guests.

Upgrade & Install: Installing new doors , windows and screens will complement both indoor and outdoor spaces. With your yard being a continued extension of your home, you want the transition spaces to be updated and inviting for both you and your guests.

Part of the Deck Repair and Maintenance Series.